The wild success of Black Panther goes beyond the allure of its predominantly black cast. It has a captivating plot line with many gospel parallels. This week, we shared the parallels of the Bible’s Judas Iscariot and Black Panther’s Killmonger.
Judas and Killmonger were both chose death over a future different from what they envisioned. They were stuck in their own way of thinking. They were remorseful but unrepentant and as a consequence chose death over life.
Remorse is a feeling. Repentance is a decision.
- Remorse: deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed.
- Repentance: changing of one’s mind about something.
We often confuse remorse for repentance.
God wants our remorse, not our repentance.
“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it! ” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.” — Matthew 27:3-5 NKJV
“and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.””
Mark 1:15 NKJV